Due for delivery in March 2024, Heesen Yachts has officially begun construction of YN 20150, code-named Project Oslo24. The keel-laying ceremony was attended by the owners and family, along with a witness from a Lloyd’s Register surveyor who signed off on the first stage of the yacht’s build.
Heesen’s Hybrid System: Silent, Economy and Cruising
The highly bespoke motor yacht will be equipped with Heesen Yachts hybrid system, and is being built on the proven platform of the 50-meter Steel Class. The hybrid system offers unquestionable advantages over tradition diesel propulsion and demonstrates Heesen’s commitment to a more sustainable future in yachting for the renowned Dutch shipyard.
The experienced owner who commissioned the vessel wanted a yacht that was cleaner, quieter and more efficient than a comparable conventional vessel. Since its inception, Heesen Yachts has building lightweight and efficient yachts with special consideration toward effective engineering, and smart propulsion methods.
Friso Visser, Heesen Yachts CCO, commented: “We were the first shipyard who dared to take the financial risk of building hybrid yachts on speculation and today, all our yachts are available with hybrid propulsion as an option. ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’ is our mantra. Today, that change is real. It is a pleasure to see that clients trust our systems and decide to implement them in their highly customized yachts to reduce their footprint.”
The core idea of the hybrid system is at the yacht’s twin MTU 8V4000 M63 (IMO Tier III) main engines. Each engine is hooked up to a water-cooled, 135kW Danfoss electric motor on the same propeller shaft. Heesen says, “This streamlined configuration offers versatility, flexible power management, and redundancy, with three operational modes: Silent, Economy and Cruising.”
The owner is working alongside Luca Dini Design and Architecture for the interior décor that will integrate their lifestyle into the yacht’s design. They plan on implemeting juxtaposing dark, high-gloss and light matte wood finishes, along with soft leathers utilizing warm hues throughout the vessel. “The owner of Oslo24 and his family are deeply involved in every aspect of this project,” said Stefan Zucker of Zucker and Partner, the owner’s representative. “For us, this makes it an even more exciting project.”